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These are Overwatch’s best ‘boop’ maps, apparently

Published: 29/Mar/2019 11:50 Updated: 29/Mar/2019 13:21

by Connor Bennett

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A ‘definitive’ list has ranked Overwatch maps based on their locations to ‘boop’ enemies players – sparking debate between some fans and players about the current set of locations. 

Personal rankings of everything from weapons, maps, characters, and abilities are always made by players – with disagreements obviously coming pretty naturally as favorites vary from player to player.

That was epitomized when one Overwatch fan, TheMasterKrook, posted their ‘definitive overwatch map tier list’ to Twitter, drawing plenty of responses, mainly disagreements, from across the game’s community – with Overwatch League academy players even chipping in.

Blizzard EntertainmentThe tightly-built Temple of Anubis map isn’t all too great for ‘boops’

Ranking Overwatch maps based on boops

The maps were ranked on their ability to ‘boop’ players – knocking them back from a fight and even out of the map in the hopes of scoring a kill.

It should come as no surprise to fans, then, that Ilios got the top spot of Boop Central, although despite there being two maps in which it is literally impossible to knock players off the map – Hollywood and Temple of Anubis – it was Horizon Lunar Colony that ranked last, with TheMasterKrook joking about how unlikely it is that players will score environmental kills in the small “outside” area.

Maps like Busan, Eichenwald, Nepal, and Lijiang Tower – where there are spots to knock players out of the map aplenty – could only rank below Ilios in the ‘a fair few boop spots,’ ‘good boop spots but only one on part of the map’ and ‘boop spots not too far from the objective’ tiers respectively.

Twitter: TheMasterKrookFans haven’t been able to settle on their preferred Overwatch ‘booping’ map.

Players have their own favorite Overwatch map

While some players did agree with the rankings, not everyone else did. Boston Uprising Academy support player Gabriel ‘Swimmer’ Levy replied: “Hanamura needs to be moved up a decent amount honestly,” with the popular map only being ranked in the lower-middle bracket of the rankings.  

The Uprising Academy pro wasn’t alone in disagreeing with the list. Overwatch content creator ‘Yahiamice’ chimed in with their changes – advocating for Volskaya Industries to receive a better ranking.

Despite calling it a ‘definitive’ list, it is clear that TheMasterKrook was out to spark some emotional responses from players – even though there may have been some seriousness behind their personal list.

If Blizzard adds any new locations, which is quite possible, players will obviously have to re-evaluate their own preferences and adapt.

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Overwatch player discovers secret counter to Mei’s Cryo-Freeze

Published: 1/Dec/2020 19:32

by Michael Gwilliam

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Mei’s Cryo-Freeze has to be one of the most annoying abilities in Overwatch, granting the hero complete invincibility for its duration. Now, a player has discovered a brilliant trick to counter the ice-themed hero.

In Overwatch, there are few abilities as unique as Cryo-Freeze. It places Mei inside of an ice cube that heals her and cleanses any status effects such as Ana’s biotic grenade.

However, the most annoying thing about the ability is how it makes Mei completely invulnerable. For the few seconds she has it activated, she can survive anything from point-blank D.Va bombs to Sigma’s Gravitic Flux.

Some players have found ways to “time” abilities so they connect with Mei as she exits her ice cube cocoon, such as Tracer’s Pulse Bomb or a Reinhardt charge. However, this tactic is reliant on the Mei using Cryo-Freeze’s whole duration. If she cancels it early, then there’s a chance that she’ll end up surviving or dodging the oncoming attack.

Mei uses ice block in Overwatch
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Mei’s ice block is extremely powerful.

Luckily, a new technique has been discovered which should make countering Mei a breeze. As shown by Reddit user bleubey, Junkrat can actually place his trap directly on top of Mei’s ice cube.

This trick should guarantee that the Chinese environmentalist hero gets trapped and is extremely vulnerable to any attacks. With any luck, you can even catch the Mei player completely off-guard and force out her ultimate.

That exact thing happened in bleubey’s clip. After coming out of the cube, the Mei found herself trapped and ended up wasting her Blizzard in the process, only to be taken out of the picture by a damage-boosted Junkrat grenade.

I find it amusing that you can put a junk trap on top of Mei’s head while she’s an ice cube from Overwatch

Users on the site were shocked to see that such a trick even existed. “I’m almost gold border and I never knew this,” wrote marioaprooves.

“I’m GM and I never knew this sh*t. Holy f**k,” stated another, clearly shocked at what they had witnessed.

Mei freezes Roadhog
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Mei has a lot of tricks up her sleeve.

Bleubey responded in turn that they only found out by complete accident, proving that such a tactic really went under the radar for a long time.

The next time there is a Mei giving your team trouble, try swapping to Junkrat and taking her out with this neat trap hat maneuver.